It's early for 2015 quarterback Drew Lock. The era of eighth-grade verbal commitments makes it easy to forget that at times. High school juniors like Lock are still more than a year away from signing a letter of intent. Everything will change twice before they hit college campuses.
Lock's situation serves as a reminder of the healthy chunk of time between now and signing day 2015. He welcomes the wait. See, he'll need to choose a sport before he picks a school.
This situation has plenty left to shake out.
"I can't say which school I like because I'm not really sure what sport I'm going to play," Lock said on Monday.
On the football side, Lock holds offers from Louisville, Indiana and Missouri. Oklahoma has offered him a basketball scholarship. So far, Mizzou is the only program offering him the opportunity to play both. What that means to his recruitment, however, is uncertain.
Lock is in no hurry to figure it out. The matter isn't as urgent as some may assume. A player just more than a week removed from throwing for 341 yards and seven touchdowns before being pulled in the fourth quarter, he's not shocked that the football interest is slightly ahead of the basketball buzz at this point. He'll wait for it to even out before he thinks about selecting a path.
"I think I'll be able to have a decision on what sport by the end of this year," Lock said. "I think the sport will pick me."
In the past, Lock has said that he leans "a little toward Missouri" but has never named the Tigers as the outright favorite. His father and grandfather played football for Mizzou, so the draw of the hometown school is obvious. There are plenty of other programs getting involved, though. In fact, Lock just wrapped up a game-day visit to Nebraska.
"I had a really good time," Lock said. "It was neat to go up there. The fans there are the real day like the say.I talked to the coaches on the sideline briefly before the game started. It was a real quick thing. They just told me they hoped I liked it down there."
Alabama is starting to recruit Lock. As are Clemson and Tennessee. Lock and his family are in the process of planning an unofficial visit to Knoxville. But the true wildcard in Lock's football recruitment - at least in the early going - is Notre Dame. The Lee's Summit (Mo.) High School star has already visited campus and makes no secret about his interest in the Irish.
"I'm thinking about going down there again soon," Lock said. "I just have to pick a game. Maybe the Michigan State game.
"Bob Elliott the quarterback coach, is doing most of the recruiting. He's the guy who came up to watch me throw and got everything going."
Lock holds a total of five scholarship offers. He is a four-star prospect and a member of the Rivals250 Watch List Presented by Under-Armour.